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Espinaca a La Catalan (Catalan-Style Spinach)
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A spinach side dish from the Catalan region in Spain. Strong Moorish influences! Whatever you do, DO NOT overcook the spinach! From Jose Andres Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America. Love Jose's recipes!

SERVES 4

  • 2 tablespoons spanish extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 gravenstein apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 inch cubes (read *NOTE)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup seedless dark raisin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach, washed and patted dry (I use a salad spinner)

*NOTE: Original recipe specified a golden delicious apple. However any apple variety that holds its shape well for baking will work in this recipe: Rome beauty, braeburn, gala, for example.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium-high flame.

When the oil is very hot, add the apple cubes and cook until they are lightly browned; about 1-2 minutes.

Add the pine nuts and cook until they are lightly browned; about 20-30 seconds. Watch pan carefully as the pine nuts can burn quite easily!

Constantly stir the nuts to avoid burning.*.

Add the raisins and the 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir together. Add the spinach and sauté very fast until it just starts to wilt; about another 20-30 seconds.

Now remove the pan from the heat; the spinach will continue to wilt off the heat.

Add salt to taste, and serve immediately.